Aug 18, 2014

Strong quake jolts remote area in southwest Iran

A strong, magnitude-6.1 earthquake jolted a sparsely populated mountainous province near Iran’s border with Iraq on Monday, Iranian state television reported. There were no reports of fatalities but a local official said there were injuries and that the temblor had caused damage. The TV ...

'Earthquacks' challenged by U.S. expert in Tokyo

Aug 2, 2014

'Earthquacks' challenged by U.S. expert in Tokyo

by Tatsuya Tsujimura

Robert Geller, an American seismologist teaching in Japan, has been fighting a lonely battle against what he says is a hopeless national initiative for predicting big earthquakes. “Earthquake probability information announced by the government is quite meaningless,” Geller, 62, said at an open seminar ...

Jul 21, 2014

Magnitude-6.2 earthquake hits off Hokkaido

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake struck off the northeast coast early Monday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The agency said the quake struck at 2:32 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 70 km northeast of Hokkaido, close to the disputed Russian-administered Kuril ...

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Jul 12, 2014

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage, however, and authorities lifted all advisories roughly two hours later. ...

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

Jul 4, 2014

Study shows how fracking causes some earthquakes

A new study explains how four wells forcing massive amounts of drilling wastewater into the ground are probably shaking up Oklahoma. Those wells seem to have triggered more than 100 small and medium earthquakes in the past five years, according to a study published ...

Jun 27, 2014

Local governments struggling to secure land for post-disaster housing

Local governments are struggling to secure land to build enough temporary housing to meet assumed gaps in their disaster management plans, the internal affairs ministry said Friday. Prefectural governments need to provide more assistance to smaller municipalities in their own jurisdictions to address the ...

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

May 6, 2014

New Zealand offers cash for move to quake city

Unemployed New Zealanders are being offered cash by the government to move to the earthquake-damaged city of Christchurch and join in the rebuilding effort. The government announced Tuesday it would pay welfare recipients 3,000 New Zealand dollars ($2,600) to move to the city if ...

One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake

May 6, 2014

One dead, 23 injured in Thai quake

An elderly woman died and 23 people were injured after a strong earthquake shook northern Thailand, an official said Tuesday, as aftershocks continued to rattle a mountainous region popular with tourists. The 83-year-old woman died when a wall in her house collapsed after the ...